Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Media "was played"

Steroids expert Charles Yesalis, on a panel at Penn State tonight with journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams (Game of Shadows), said the idea that steroid or HGH use exists among only "a few bad apples" is a myth that many journalists bought for years. The truth, he contends, is that "there are only a few good apples in the barrel." He estimates, for instance, that upwards of 95% of NFL players have used HGH and that use of HGH or steroids among NCAA Division I football players is another story that's gone uncovered.
Fainaru-Wada and Williams acknowledged that the NFL has generally gone unscrutinized, but said a big reason is the NFL's sophisticated PR operations, in which the NFL moves swiftly to keep a story from taking off.


Anonymous said...

That's an incredible claim by Dr. Yesalis. Do you have a write-up or a reference for our weblog?

Jason Clinkscales said...

I agree since it's difficult for anyone to confirm or dispute these numbers (and I've been NFL lockerrooms).

I'm not sure if you heard of another steroids/PED expert, Dr. Norman Faust, but he is one of the few who actually advocates some sort of legal and regulated use. The source of this article may raise an eyebrow, but you've studied enough media to see that it's rather hard to find someone who goes against the grain.